Formula One star Oscar Piastri has celebrated Australia’s victory at the Cricket World Cup by arriving at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix wearing a vintage Brett Lee shirt.
Formula One Driver Daniel Ricciardo has partnered with the Western Australian government to launch a global tourism campaign.
The Perth-raised racing star and his friend Blake Mills embarked on an 11-day trip from Perth to Exmouth.
It involved driving up the Coral Coast, stopping at the Pink Lake, heading up to Shark Bay and swimming with whale sharks at world heritage listed site Ningaloo Reef.
The ‘Drive the Dream’ campaign follows last year’s ‘Walking on A Dream’ promotion.
The $3.6 million campaign will be rolled out over the next 12 months with promoters hoping to attract F1 fans from around the world.
The McLaren driver made the bold statement when he turned up to the the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Thursday night wearing the iconic Australian ODI shirt worn at the 2003 World Cup – which Australia also won.
The shirt has the Southern Cross printed on the famous canary yellow with a strip of green under the arms and down the sides, and Lee’s number 58 on the back.
“Absolute legend mate @oscarpiastri! It suits you. Go the Aussies,” Lee posted with some photos of Piastri’s fit.
Shortly after Australia beat India by six wickets to win the World Cup, Piastri took a light-hearted jab at Indian F1 commentator Karun Chandhok.
“Want you entering the Abu Dhabi paddock in an Aussie cricket top please Karun Chandhok. Only fair,” Piastri wrote on X.
Chandhok responded: “I am so so glad that Vegas was my last race of the season. Incredible innings by Travis Head.”
Piastri alluded to Chandhok’s absence as he showed off the outfit on X on Thursday.
“Shame you’re not here made. We could have matched,” the Australian wrote on the social media platform.
The 22-year-old’s cricket shirt was also aimed at the Englishmen on the F1 grid, McLaren teammate Lando Norris and Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Fans lapped up Piastri’s bragging once more photos were posted online.
“Loving the new Oscar outfit!” wrote one.
Another added: “Do you think he could be Australian by any chance?”
“Thank god Karun we Indians would truly lose it if you showed up in yellow,” commented a third.
Piastri will line up on the grid at Abu Dhabi for the last race of his impressive rookie year in F1.
The former F2 and F3 champion sits ninth on the driver standings with a best finish of second at the Qatar Grand Prix and two podiums from his first year in F1.